In the Law Enforcement community, we stress that deadly force is a ALWAYS a last resort. In point of fact, we have what is known as a Force Continuum or Ladder of Force which we follow precisely. Verbal Commands, Physical Apprehension and Restraint Techniques, Handcuffs, Riot Control Agents, Police Baton, Military Working Dogs, Other DoD Approved Non-lethal Weapons, and finally, Firearms. Of course, we can skip steps if need be. After all, we are an entirely reactive force. You fuck with us, well, stand by to stand by.
Anyway, there was a radio adverstisement that seems to have caused quite an uproar in Houston these past couple of weeks and although I believe deadly force should be a last resort, I support the broadcasters opinion. The article can be found here and to put a finer point on it, it is about an advertisement from a Houston Gunshop Owner who appealed to Houston residents to arm themselves against Hurrican Katrina Evacuees.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t support such a move, but given the rise in the Houston crime rate since their arrival and the startling fact that Katrina victims were involved in almost 1/5 of the homicides in Houston last year, well, I support the man. Not only that, there is an interview cited which states that an evacuee went on record to say that if his government checks didn’t continue, he would most likely become a criminal. The article is a good read and I suggest you check it out if you have the time.